Point Reyes National Seashore

Interpretation and Outreach Assistant  -  Point Reyes Station, CA

Position Type: LHIP Internship  
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education

The intern will be an integral part of the Division of Interpretation during the busy summer season, providing park orientation, presenting interpretive programs, and furthering outreach to under-resourced communities. There will be two crucial parts to the intern’s work: one will be to promote diversity, relevancy, and inclusion through outreach and community engagement, especially leading up to events; the second will be to promote interpretation and resource education through the creation of roving materials and actively roving in different sites throughout Point Reyes National Seashore.

  • The intern will help promote Point Reyes National Seashore and the National Park Service by creating Latino Conservation Week events in the park in mid-July.
  • With Environment for the Americas as a partner, the intern will be help brainstorm and host a World Migratory Bird Day event at the park.
  • The intern will gain valuable experience in informal and formal interpretation by working at the Bear Valley visitor center providing park orientation, conducting roves, and delivering park programs.
  • The intern will support interpretation and resource education by actively roving trails and beaches in the park, contacting the public, and providing informal education.
  • The intern will partner with other park interns to achieve the Division of Interpretation goals.
  • The intern will help create materials to enhance roving for interpretive staff.

Qualifications

  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • High social and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse park visitors and staff.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Coursework that demonstrates relevancy for interpretation and community outreach (communications, history, ethnic studies, anthropology, English, journalism, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively work independently and with others.
  • Must be detail-oriented and a team player.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable.
  • Must wear a VIP uniform piece provided by the park or the Latino Heritage Intern Program.
  • Social media experience preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Bilingual Spanish - English

Work Environment

  • The intern will work 8-hour days, Saturdays through Wednesdays, with Thursdays and Fridays off, matching Carlo’s schedule.
  • This is generally an office-based position but enrichment and learning opportunities in the field will occur and the intern will be hiking trails and walking beaches for roving and public contact opportunities. For this, expect hiking on- and off-trail on uneven terrain, possibly with exposure to poison oak and stinging nettle. Field opportunities at the historic lighthouse require the ability to climb the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs.
  • Weather conditions are highly variable at Point Reyes National Seashore. It may be hot and sunny at the inland areas and much cooler and completely foggy at the coast, particularly in the summer.
  • The park as a whole host probably about 5-10 interns across divisions during the summer.
  • The intern will be provided access to a desk, computer, and phone.
  • Occasional local travel for outreach events.
  • Ability to sit for several hours a day at a desk and operate electronic equipment.
  • Ability to stand for several hours a day at a high contact visitor center.
  • Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing at least 15 pounds.

Driver's License

Despite being 45 minutes southwest of Petaluma (the nearest “established” community) and an hour north of San Francisco by car, the park itself is remote and a current driver’s license and a personal vehicle is needed for the intern to obtain groceries and meet other personal needs. A personal vehicle is needed to get from the intern's housing to the intern's duty station. There is no public transportation for this. However, a government vehicle can be provided for official work business.